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“My boss doesn’t respond to my messages.”

Posted on March 28, 2018 in Role Model Things

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“My boss doesn’t respond to my messages and emails.” A co-worker complained over coffee.

“Does he do that often?” I asked.

“Almost always. But he expects us to unfailingly respond in quick time. How fair is that?” He said.

“Perhaps he doesn’t get enough time to go through the daily flood of messages.”

“I can see the read status on WhatsApp and I also see him responding selectively, on matters of his interest. I feel so humiliated and ignored as if I am not important to him.”

Technology has made it easier to discern whether messages are read or not. By and large, people are quick in responding to those at a higher status. By failing to extend the same courtesy to others demonstrates disregard for your colleague and belittles your leadership position.

Should you want to inspire your team, an understanding of the following can be useful:

  • Appreciate the fact that each person’s concern is important to him.
  • Each person, irrespective of his position in the hierarchy, deserves respect.
  • Lead by example. Give what you wish in return.

Three simple actions can help enhance your image as a leader:

  • Make sure you respond, as simple as that.
  • Send an interim response if you are short of time.
  • Apologise for a delayed response.

Note – All incidents presented on these pages are my own real-life experiences of leadership as I saw them happen around me.


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